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"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw

"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: 1939
The Story of Paw and Maw: "A Movie" is an illustration copied from Dr. Brinkley's Doctor Book. Dr. John R. Brinkley was an unothodox medical doctor and a pioneer in using the radio to publicize his views. This illustration refers to XERA, a radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


A dream that has come true

A dream that has come true
Date: Between 1920 and 1939
"A Dream That Has Come True", Brinkley Hospitals from Dr. Brinkley's Doctor Book.


After twenty-one years:  the success story of Dr. John R. Brinkley

After twenty-one years: the success story of Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: 1930s
This booklet was published by the Brinkley Hospitals of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brinkley moved his hospital operations to Little Rock from Milford, Kansas, after his Kansas medical license was revoked. He changed the name of his radio station to XERA and it was located in Villa Acuna, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, where the Brinkley's had a home. The pamphlet is a revised version of an earlier Brinkley hospital publication titled Your Health (Kansas Memory item 210693). It includes illustrations to accompany the medical information.


A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley

A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Parmer, David
Date: Between 1936 and 1937
As the title indicates, David Parmer wrote this item about Dr. John R. Brinkley. Mr. Parmer lived in Columbus, Georgia. In 1933, Parmer had traveled to Villa Acuna, Doahuilla, Mexico, to introduce some entertainers on Brinkley's radio station XERA. Shortly after he returned to Georgia, Parmer's mother died. Mr. Parmer wites that he composed the tribute to Dr. Brinkley because this man whom he had just met sent condolences and flowers to Mr. Parmer. Parmer refers to Brinkley as a "noble man." The contents of this booklet were delivered on XERA by Mr. Parmer on February 2, 1936.


Baseball trophy

Baseball trophy
Date: 1926
"Goldsmith Trophy Awarded Dr. J.R. Brinkley, Milford, Kansas, owner Brinkley's Goats, Winners Base-Ball Championship, Rocky Mountain News Times, Denver 1926." The Goats won six of seven games during the tournament, defeating Milliken's Whiz Bangs of Denver in the championship on August 16. During the 1920s John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) sponsored several baseball teams in Milford, both to promote the town and advertise his clinic's goat gland procedure.


Brinkley Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas

Brinkley Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1939 and 1949
View of the Brinkley Hospital at 20th and Schiller Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas. The hospital was managed by Dr. John R. Brinkley, who was famous for advocating the use of goat gland transplants.


Brinkley Hospital in Rosalia, Kansas

Brinkley Hospital in Rosalia, Kansas
Creator: Lake, Ralph E.
Date: Between 1933 and 1934
A photograph showing Dr. John R. Brinkley's hospital located above Ralph E. Lake's drug store and a grocery store in Rosalia, Kansas. The hospital was located across the street from Dr. Owensby who started a hospital in an empty hotel. Brinkley was in direct competition with Owensby, so he installed speakers on the outside of his building, directed them at Owensby's hospital, and broadcast his daily programs. Also, Brinkley posted signs on the building advertising his prices and services.


Brinkley for Governor paperweight

Brinkley for Governor paperweight
Date: Between 1930 and 1934
This paperweight, in the shape of a horned goat, was distributed as part of one or more of Dr. John R. Brinkley's unsuccessful campaigns for the office of Kansas governor. Dr. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, until his medical license was revoked in 1930, was famous for his advocacy of goat gland transplants. He ran as an independent write-in candidate for governor of Kansas in 1930, 1932, and 1934.


Brinkley for Governor paperweight

Brinkley for Governor paperweight
Date: between 1930 and 1934
This paperweight, in the shape of a horned goat, was distributed as part of one or more of Dr. John R. Brinkley's unsuccessful campaigns for the office of Kansas governor. Dr. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, until his medical license was revoked in 1930, was famous for his advocacy of goat gland transplants. He ran as an independent write-in candidate for governor of Kansas in 1930, 1932, and 1934.


Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas

Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley's radio station, KFKB, and hospital in Milford, Kansas.


Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico

Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico
Date: Between 1935 and 1936
Men building the tower for John R. Brinkley's XERA radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico. After losing his medical license and radio station in Milford, Kansas, Brinkley shifted his headquarters of operation to Del Rio, Texas, and built radio station XERA just over the border in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


Cartoon showing dancing goats

Cartoon showing dancing goats
Date: September 21, 1930
A cartoon showing dancing goats celebrating the revocation of Dr. Brinkley's medical license in Kansas.


Cowboy hat

Cowboy hat
Creator: John B. Stetson Hat Company
Date: between 1935 and 1950
Beige wool felt Stetson cowboy hat. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka. Purchaed in Denver at the Stockman-Farmer Supply Company, a business where Faulkner occasionally performed.


Dr. & Mrs. John Brinkley and Johnny Boy

Dr. & Mrs. John Brinkley and Johnny Boy
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1936 and 1939
This is a photo of Dr. & Mrs. John Brinkley and their son, Johnny Boy sitting at a table in front of the tile fireplace at their Del Rio, Texas, residence. The table is where he sat when he did his radio show for XER in Mexico.


Dr. Brinkley's doctor book

Dr. Brinkley's doctor book
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: 1936
This booklet was published by the Brinkley Hospitals of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brinkley moved his hospital operations to Little Rock from Milford, Kansas, after his Kansas medical license was revoked. The cover of the booklet indicated that the Brinkley Hospitals are "for the treatment of enlarged and infected prostate glands, rectal and colonic diseases, varicose veins, hernia, or rupture." He changed the name of his radio station to XERA and it was located in Villa Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, where the Brinkley's had a home. This volume claims that XERA is the most powerful radio station in the world. The pamphlet is a revised version of an earlier Brinkley hospital publication titled Your Health (Kansas Memory item 210693). It includes illustrations to accompany the medical information. There are some editing marks so this copy may have been used to plan a revision. It is an expansion of the information contained in "After Twenty One Years" (Kansas Memory item 213226).


Dr. Brinkley's yachting cap

Dr. Brinkley's yachting cap
Creator: S. Appel & Company
Date: between 1920 and 1929
Black yachting cap used by the infamous Dr. John Brinkley. Brinkley operated a fraudulent medical practice near Milford, Kansas that specialized in implanting goat glands in male patients to increase virility. Brinkley became wealthy and highly successful after establishing the state's first radio station. Kansas Governors named him to the head of the Kansas Navy and he frequently wore this hat on his yacht.


Dr. Brinkley's yachting jacket

Dr. Brinkley's yachting jacket
Creator: S. Appel & Co., Inc.
Date: 1938
Man's black wool double-breasted serge jacket with brass buttons. The buttons have a raised image similar to the Kansas state seal. Admiral's stripes (three narrow and one broad) in gold braid on cuffs. Small shield-shaped patch with embroidered landscape scene on each sleeve above cuff. This jacket was made in 1938 by S. Appel & Company in New York. It was worn by Dr. John R. Brinkley, who was nationally known as the "goat gland doctor" for a controversial medical practice involving implanting goat glands in his male patients to increase virility. Brinkley was a pioneer in radio broadcasting and advertising, as he promoted his services to his large listening audience. Kansas governors named Brinkley head of the non-existent Kansas Navy.


Dr. John Brinkley's radio station XERA

Dr. John Brinkley's radio station XERA
Date: Between 1930 and 1940
Dr. John Brinkley's radio station XERA in Villa Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande River from Del Rio, Texas.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Shields, Montie,Olathe, Ks
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Moore, Henry
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
Dr. John R. Brinkley in a graduation gown, possibly taken upon graduation from the Eclectic Medical University of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John Brinkley standing outside of ruins of log building, in Del Rio, Texas.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This black and white photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley, wife Minnie, and son Johnnie Boy. Brinkley a physician from Milford, Kansas became famous for his goat gland transplants and unconventional medical practice.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This black and white photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley standing next to a "possibly" salt-water fish that he recently caught. In the background, a crowd of people have gathered to take a closer look at the huge fish. Brinkley a physician from Milford, Kansas, became famous for his controversial goat gland transplants and unconventional medical practice.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


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